The Smart Idiot Box

Jan 21 2013, 11:59 IST
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The EvoTV The EvoTV
SummaryEvoTV and SmartPod are value-for-money accessories to upgrade your television set.

donít expect to type long documents using the Evo Touch remote. The remote will help you type on the on-screen keyboard which is cumbersome and time-consuming. A wireless keyboard would be ideal for typing. The device also comes with EvoTV store (in addition to Google Play Store). Amkette has integrated open source entertainment software XBMC into the EvoTV. It displays media files and lets you access additional information related to movies, TV shows and more. But XBMC on EvoTV is a beta release and it crashed sometimes.

Price: Rs 11,495.

Woxi Media SmartPod

Woxi Media SmartPod is a device that lets you run Android on your TV. It runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and has HDMI, USB and A/V ports. It is WiFi-enabled and has a dedicated ethernet port too. It has a functional QWERTY keyboard, which makes signing into accounts and chatting convenient. A good feature in the SmartPod is its multi-user login capability. It supports up to eight users, and you can password-lock your personal account. Another feature is the cloud-based Woxi AppCasts. The app allows hassle-free access to internet content that includes entertainment and sports.

The homescreen, as seen in most Android devices, displays icons of installed apps. The company could have made it more appealing. Playing games on SmartPod is fun, thanks to the Magic Motion Gaming Remote. Although it is a radio frequency remote, your palm may block the signal to the SmartPod when you are typing. Most Google Play apps perform well on the device, but at times, it lagged while switching between apps. Price: Rs 9,499.

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